Welcome to the Blogging Successfully Resources section, where I have curated (in no particular order) a list of the tools, apps and websites I strongly recommend for building and optimizing your online income. Click here for business building books or courses.
I have tested every recommendation on this page. Many of the resources listed here are things I use everyday. (or were super important to the development of my business in the growing stages).
Before I share these great resources that I know and trust, however, I have an important disclosure:
Some of the links below are affiliate links, which means that if you choose to make a purchase, I'll earn a commission. The commission comes at no additional cost to you. Please understand that I have experience with all of these companies, and I recommend them because they are helpful and useful, not because of the small commissions I make if you decide to buy something. Please do not spend any money on these products unless you feel you need them or that they will help you achieve your goals.
Create videos in minutes with this easy to use online video editor, so you can increase sales with video ads and promotions, create marketing videos for social media platforms, and improve your brand awareness with powerful professional videos. No video editing experience required. This is the Canva.com of video.
Be one of the first to break into this new form of audio and outside the realm of Podcasts. Get in front of your audience with your own custom Alexa Flash Briefing. Use code ALEXA to save $5 a month!
Emoji Domain Names are going to change the way you do marketing into the future! They're visual, easy to remember and fewer characters than wordy domains. Check it out and grab yours today!
One of the best small business accounting programs out there! Track and generate reports of profit & loss, or project expenses with just a couple of clicks!
A user friendly platform for creating professional courses. Moving our courses to teachable was one the best business decisions we made! Check them out and get your course up and running in no time!
#1 source for business audiobooks. Leaders are readers. And a great many of the business books I've read have actually been "listened to" via audible. A great resource for leaders on the go. Click the button for a free trial of 2 audiobooks.
#1 for variety and quality of stock images (vectors, photos and illustrations). Check out DepositPhoto. Be sure to purchase downloads though, not image "credits". And be sure to read the license carefully if you plan to use them in/on products you will sell.
Hootsuite is the #1 scheduling tool for scheduling daily posts to Twitter and to Facebook groups. It will do Instagram and Facebook page scheduling as well as allowing you to monitor hashtags and mentions on social media. The bulk upload feature is well worth the monthly cost.
The #1 tool for Scheduling Pins (my own and others) to Pinterest. Discovering Content, Monitoring trends and growth on Pinterest, and Measuring Results. We've snagged you a great offer too: Give Tailwind a try and get your first month free.
#1 scheduler for Instagram photos and comments. A free account lets you schedule 30 pics/mo. AND gives you analytics that tell you which images got the most likes and comments based on date and time they published. Click the button to get your free account.
#1 Source of classy themes for Wordpress. Blogging Successfully is built on the theme with the Genesis Framework.
Blue Host is a great 1st hosting service. They are very inexpensive, and their helpful customer service is used to assisting new bloggers. Plans start as low as $3.95/mo.
#1 for building email lists. ConvertKit was a game changer in serving my email subscribers and growing my list. It's user-friendly and makes it easy to segment users by interests and actions they take.
Og Mandino's book, now in it's 54th printing, is touted by many successful business leaders as the best business book they've ever read. Easy to read, and profoundly impactful. The audio book is also a delight.
Whether you are the marketing director of a multibillion dollar company, the owner of a small business, Donald Miller's book will forever transform the way you talk about who you are, what you do, and the unique value you bring to your customers.
Don’t Make Me Think, Revisited: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability by Steve Krug
Launch: An Internet Millionaire’s Secret Formula To Sell Almost Anything Online, Build A Business You Love, And Live The Life Of Your Dreams by Jeff Walker
How to Write Copy That Sells by Ray Edwards - Ray is the best copywriting teacher I know.
Ask by Ryan Levesque - I loved this book for the step by step explanation of how to get into your customers' minds and give them what they want.
Ethics 101: What Every Leader Needs To Know by John C. Maxwell - Great guidelines to use in life and business.
EntreLeadership: 20 Years of Practical Business Wisdom from the Trenches by Dave Ramsey - excellent source of advice and wisdom for those leading a team.
When People Are Big and God is Small: Overcoming Peer Pressure, Codependency, and the Fear of Man by Edward T. Welch - Awesome read for the struggling newbie.
Aaron Walker has successfully built and sold a dozen businesses. Learn from his successes and failures how to rise to the top of YOUR business as well.
The Noticer by Andy Andrews - one of the greatest books of all time. Teaching you that nothing is as bad as it first appears, all you need is a little perspective. A great way to re-train your thinking about the events of your life and the lives of those your business touches.
QBQ! The Question Behind the Question: Practicing Personal Accountability at Work and in Life by John G. Miller - We buy this book for every new team member we hire! It's that good.
Virtual Freedom: How to Work with Virtual Staff to Buy More Time, Become More Productive, and Build Your Dream Business by Chris Ducker - A great guide for those wanting to, or just beginning to expand their team.
People Over Profit: Break the System, Live with Purpose, Be More Successful by Dale Partridge - I loved the premise of this book. Without people we wouldn't have a business therefore business needs to be more personal.
The Richest Man In Babylon by George S. Clayson - a financial allegory very much relevant to today's business world, including such tips as the borrower is servant, and always pay yourself first.
God Owns My Business: They Said It Couldn’t Be Done, But Formally and Legally… by Stanley Tam
This is one of the books Katie uses in her "Doing Business, with God" Coaching program. A great one to read as you get started, or re-focused on how to run your business God's way.
There is a movement of women stepping into their God-given gifts to make money doing what they love. If you're ready to join them, this is your handbook that will take the ideas in your head and the dream in your heart and turn them into action. Author, Christy Wright.
Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World by Michael Hyatt
The 12 Week Year creates focus and clarity on what matters most and a sense of urgency to do it now. In the end more of the important stuff gets done and the impact on results is profound. Brian P. Moran's 12 week system along with The #BlogWellPlanner have catapulted our business this year.